Alex Jones’ lawyer’s accident sent a digital copy of his personal cellphone containing years’ worth of emails and text messages to a legal team that is suing Jones for defamation. Obviously, this ranks up there in things not to do when you’re an attorney.
In parts of his testimony stretching over two days in a Texas courtroom, Jones repeatedly told jurors that he does not use email. He had searched the contents of his phone for messages pertaining to Sandy Hook after being sued by several family members of the victims for falsely saying the shooting was a hoax.
The parents’ attorney believed the cellphone records show Jones perjured himself on the stand. The January 6th House Committee is reportedly planning to request Jones’ text messages and emails as part of its investigation into the 2021 insurrection, according to Rolling Stone.
Jones said that his phone search did not turn up any relevant messages. Texas Judge Maya Guerra Gamble has ruled in favor of Sandy Hook parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis by default because Jones did not comply with the rules of discovery in the case.
Mark Bankston, who is representing Heslin and Lewis in the case against Jones, asked on Wednesday whether he had an email account or used text messages to discuss Sandy Hook. Jones’ replied to both questions, under oath, that he did not.
“Twelve days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me a digital copy of every text,” Bankston said. “Do you know what perjury is?”
The messages that Bankston showed to Jones and the jury were text messages between Jones and Infowars employees discussing the company’s finances. Another message included a warning that the site’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic contained falsehoods that were reminiscent of debunked theories Jones had spread about Sandy Hook.
Bankston said that he is prepared to make newsworthy messages public, he added that he would keep the most “intimate” messages out of the public eye out of his “own sense of morality.” When asked about news reports on Wednesday that January 6th investigators committee was interested in reviewing Jones’ phone records, Bankston said that he fully intends to comply with any local, state, or federal law enforcement investigations.
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